It is 1947, and the long-retired Sherlock Holmes lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse with his housekeeper and her young son. He tends to his bees, writes in his journal, and grapples with the diminishing powers of his mind. But in the twilight of his life, as people continue to look to him for answers, Holmes revisits a case that may provide him with answers of his own to questions he didn't even know he was asking - about life, about love, and about the limits of the mind's ability to know.
Paperback edition of Mitch Cullin's novel to tie in with Bill Condon's film starring Ian McKellan, released 2015
* Beautiful ... It's what a novel should be Washington Post * Extremely touching Independent * A curious, unusual and wonderful novel...this is an essential and truly fascinating read Scotsman * A wise and touching examination of the human condition Los Angeles Times Book Review * Original and surprising Sunday Times * Cullin is an unusually sophisticated theorist of human nature ... Beautiful New York Times Book Review * Wonderfully written and heartbreaking San Francisco Chronicle * Quite extraordinary ... Our hero-our eternal hero-has never been more heroic, or more human Village Voice * This is literary crime fiction at its best Good Housekeeping * A meandering, unobtrusively mystical meditation on the oddities of human nature Weekly Telegraph
Mitch Cullin is the author of ten books, including the novel Tideland, the film adaptation of which was directed by Terry Gilliam, and the novel-in-verse, Branches. He lives in California's San Gabriel Valley, and as a teenager was featured in USA Today in 1984 as one of the foremost Holmes fans in the world.